Authors' Spotlight


It is my pleasure to host author Lee Anderson on my blog today.

Me: Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Lee: Always. When I was little, my dad was a voracious reader, and I was perplexed by what could possibly hold him mesmerized for so long like that. Where was he? My fascination with books was born. An inclination to become a writer naturally came next, I guess. I even wrote my first novel in 2nd grade. It was 2 pages-long and was called “Jaws.”  

Me: What made you pen this down?

Lee: Varies. There’s stories in this collection that are twenty years old, and others I wrote late last year. Some were writing assignments from college while others were just inspired by people I’ve met. Or people I heard about and never wished to meet. Mostly, these are just stories made by whatever odd thing hit my antennae.

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It is my pleasure to host author Tina B. Tessina on my blog today.

Me: Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Tina: Actually, I got into writing by accident.  I was teaching a class with my friend and eventual co-author, Riley K. Smith, and we needed a workbook, so we wrote one.  A series of serendipitous events led to the publication of How to Be a Couple and Still Be Free, which went on to be a best seller. 

Me: What made you pen down your very first book?

Tina: We wrote it out of necessity. We needed a workbook for our class, put one together, and then expanded it into a book.

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It is my pleasure to host author Sabina Vigil on my blog today

Me: Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Sabina: Yes, I have always wanted to become a writer. My father would help me write little books about my stuffed toy animals when I was five.

Me: What made you pen this down?

Sabina: I’ve had this story in my head for a while and I felt that I needed to get it out of my system. I’ve also taken a class in Romance writing recently and my teacher encouraged me to write it.

I also wrote this book because police brutality and discrimination against the Latinx and African American community is a huge problem that needs to be addressed. I’m very grateful to Yawanda Black, my writing coach, for encouraging me to address this topic. I’m also grateful to The Martin Luther King Coalition in Albuquerque, NM and Black Lives Matter for their fierce activism.

Me: How many books do you plan to publish in the Rio Grande Romantic Series?

Sabina: At least three in this series. I’m working on the second one now.

Me: Can these books be read as a stand alone?

Sabina: Yes, they can.

Me: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Sabina: I like to spend time with my son and our pet dog and Guinea Pig.

Me: Describe Lydia and Gabriel in 3 words each.

Sabina: Lydia is tenacious, smart, compassionate. Gabriel is artistic, passionate, confident.

Me: The cover is very attractive. How did it come to be?

Sabina: I found a graphic artist on Fiverr who put it together for me.

Me: Are there any other projects underway?

Sabina: I’m working on the second novella in the series.

Sabina Vigil was born and raised in San Francisco. She spent many summers of her youth visiting her mother’s family in New Mexico. Her love for her heritage prompted her to move New Mexico and worked as a reporter for a small newspaper. She currently lives in the Bay Area with her son and their Pitbull.

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It is my pleasure to host author Candace Shattuck on my blog today.

Me: You have been writing since you were 4 years old. Have you always been an avid reader too?

Candace: Yes and no. I have always loved reading. However, reading was hard for me when I was younger as I had troubles learning language related skills. This also has made writing hard even though it is my passion. I do love reading and a good story.

Me: Will you tell us more about how your relationship with writing shaped your childhood and you as a person?

Candace: At first my stories were all in my head and were kind of my way of coping with the stresses of my childhood. As I grew and learnt to write I began putting the thoughts and stories to paper. Reading provided an escape but writing had always helped me process and get out all the feelings I didn’t feel I could express. Writing has helped me maintain who I am as a person and keep me from falling too far into the darkness. We all have some darkness in our lives and in our minds and we all need something to help us through it and ground us back in truth and light. For me, it is writing.

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It is my pleasure to host author Atiya Stevenson on my blog today.

Me: Have you always wanted to be a writer?                                                                         

Atiya: Not necessarily… my desire to write was derived from the pain of my process which I turned into purpose 

Me: What made you pen down this specific book?                                                            

Atiya: Because it began to sadden me the way us women would allow ourselves to be treated by men and in relationships.  It was more disheartened to know that although we as women desire Love we don’t always know how to connect with the areas of a man that causes him to love and guess what??  It’s not through sex.

Me: No Green Beans teaches women to value themselves to get the most out of their love life. Why choose such a subject to write on?                                                                                          

Atiya: Because when we value ourselves, men will have to place the same value on us.  When we allow men to mistreat us and mishandle us, its not the man’s fault, it shows that we ladies have lack of value, confidence, and esteem in ourselves.  When we allow men to cheat on us and be mean to us, it shows insecurity within ourselves.  It is not the man’s fault. A man will only do what he is allowed to do.

Me: A lot of women lose themselves somewhere while they keep adjusting to the ways of a relationship that is often dictated by a patriarchal structure. What will you comment on that and how will your book help them?                                                                                  

Atiya: The foundational tools of the book is our value system as women. Some of us were raised in certain cultures, mindsets and environments which contributes our value in ourselves.   The book will empower women to discover their worth, position their worth and present their worth to real men who desire pursue and capture!

Me: The title and how the book is written is unique. How did it come to be?                             

Atiya: Yes, the book is metaphorically written to depict the woman as the dimensional dining experience she was designed to be.  No Green beans is comparable to “Sex” I show women how to have a man mesmerized with the non-sexual part of who you are.  I show you how to have a man intrigued by your conversation and can’t wait to see you again.  I show you how to have him desiring just to simply be in your presence.

The woman is Valuable, priceless, fascinating, and incomparable!  In the compelling, metaphoric writing, No Green Beans, a Woman’s Guide to Becoming the Ultimate 5 Course Experience, I share tools, experiences, and inspirations by challenging the woman to discover her worth, position her worth, and present her worth to receive what she desires and deserves in relationships.  To achieve this, women are encouraged to refrain from offering themselves as a mere side of green beans (a portion of her) and show up as the “Ultimate 5-Course Experience” she is designed to be and that real men desire, pursue and capture.

Me: Describe yourself in three words.                                                                                                

Atiya:  Igniting, Conscientious, Empowering  

Me: What do you when you are not writing?                                                                                   

Atiya: Enjoying time with myself, writing, creating amazing transformation content, and spending time with my family.

Me: Are there any new projects underway                                                                                           

Atiya: I am launching my Positioned for Love Academy with will have elite coaching, digital library and a community where you can join.

Atiya Stevenson is a dynamic speaker, certified life coach, and love strategist who passionately serves others by aiding through life’s uncharted waters and challenging those to take the uncomfortable, critical leap that penetrates places of complacency and blazes a trail. Atiya’s desire for people and purpose is undeniable as she delicately, yet rigorously inspires change, ignites passion, and imparts value. Atiya will never meet a stranger, loves community, and selflessly gives throughout.

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It is my pleasure to host author and renowned Hollywood producer Troy Devolld on my blog today.

Me: How is your health Troy? 

Troy: I’m doing very well now. 

Me: What made you pen down One Hundred Poems About Los Angeles

Troy: I had a stroke back in May of last year and needed to figure out how to fall back in love with my life in Los Angeles quickly.  Working on the laptop was terrific occupational therapy, and forcing myself to take inventory of my wonderful life here that I’d all but taken for granted kept my resolve up while I dealt with my frustrating physical challenges.

Me: Will you call the process therapeutic or is it somewhere mentally taxing as well? 

Troy: It wasn’t an easy process, but the more I worked on it, the easier it became to focus.  Having a project and a purpose really helped me slug forward.

Me: Readers say that the poems resonates with their experiences and is uplifting. What would you comment on that? 

Troy: A lot of the people who’ve reviewed it are people who live here and work in various aspects of the entertainment industry.  I think, or at least hope, that the universality of trying to be a creative person in a competitive town is helping people to connect with the book. 

Me: Will you share a poem from either of your books with our readers? A favourite of yours maybe? 

Troy: Sure.


The thing they never tell you

About coming to L.A.

Is that all your favorite stars

Are grey

And their boobs look wrong

And their beards look different

And they’re much taller or shorter

Than you imagined

And you will feel old

Thinking about how they are old

And then

As if by magic

You will respect them more

As you recall the scripture

Of picture magazines

That told you all along

That they were




Me: You had a successful career in Hollywood spanning over 20 years. Do you think you’ll be going back to production? 

Troy: I’m working toward that now.  I’m feeling sharp and ready to move forward on something fun!

Me: Both the covers of the books are extremely soothing and attractive. How did they come to be?  

Troy: I found a wonderful cover designer named Yasir Nadeem online.  I like how he lets the mood and text be the star of the covers.  He’ll be doing my next two books as well.

Me: Are there any new projects underway? 

Troy: Yes.  ONE HUNDRED POEMS ABOUT FILM AND TV is about halfway finished, and I’ll soon release a print edition of AND ANOTHER THING, my book on the television notes process.  I’m also nearing completion on my reality tv documentary feature, REMEMBER, WE’RE NOT HERE.

Troy DeVolld is a veteran reality television producer who has worked on some 30+ reality programs, including milestone efforts like The Osbournes, The Surreal Life, The Bachelor, Dancing With the Stars, Basketball Wives and Hollywood Game Night.  He is a past Daytime Emmy nominee for his work on Style Network’s Split Ends and is also the author of the bestselling books Reality TV: An Insider’s Guide to Television’s Hottest Market and And Another Thing: A Beginner’s Guide to the Television Notes Process.

DeVolld has guest lectured as part of the TV Writers Summit live events in London, Tel Aviv and Los Angeles, and has appeared at UFVA (University Film and Video Association) events in Boston, Chicago and Las Vegas.  He has written or contributed to works published in Time, Newsweek, A.V. Club, Emmy, The New York Times, and The Washington Post and is cited in a number of academic texts, including Palgrave MacMillan’s Real Talk.  He is a Hall of Fame graduate of Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL .

Troy is represented for media appearances and speaking opportunities by Brian Jones at Vertical Talent Agency:

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